A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY revealed no signs of demolition or construction work at the site of a four-story, 53-unit apartment building proposed at 701 East Girard Avenue (also known as 701-19 East Girard Avenue) in Fishtown, Kensington. The development will replace a strip mall at the northeast corner of East Girard Avenue and East Berks Street. Designed by JKRP Architects and developed by OCF Realty, the structure will span 58,260 square feet and feature 7,817 square feet of ground-level commercial space, elevator service, full sprinkling, a 10,999-square-foot green roof, and a 1,855-square-foot roof deck. Permits list Mina R. and Rijendrakumar B. Adhuria as the owners, OCF Construction as the contractor, and a construction cost of $9.3 million.
The lack of progress at the site was expected, as a commercial building permit was issued only last December. Oddly, although zoning permits have been issued earlier, no permits have yet been issued for demolition, though demo permits typically come before construction permits.
Given the recent permit timetable, we have no reason to believe that the development is delayed in any notable way. We expect to see further permit and construction activity in the near future and look forward to this latest addition to Girard Avenue.